A travelogue, narrated by the South Shields born actress Flora Robson, looking at the history, culture and industry of the Tyne Valley. It contrasts the Roman heritage and rural economy of the western settlements, including Hexham and Corbridge, with scenes of life and work in the Newcastle & Gateshead conurbation. The industrial settlements between Newcastle and the coast are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the shipbuilding industry.
The first episode of a two-part Tyne Tees Television feature that looks at the landscape, industry, history and traditions of the North East coastline from Whitby to South Shields and the River Tyne, presented by Austin Steele.
A Tyne Tees Television documentary on the masculine love of angling. 4 million men in Britain see angling as 'a kind of heaven'. The film looks at the many different types of angling available and how men become interested in the sport. The film also looks at some of the industries surrounding fishing and also how pollution and industrial development are affecting fish stocks.
The second of a two-part Tyne Tees Television programme looking at the history and traditions of the towns and villages of the North East coastline. This film follows the coast north from Newcastle as far as Holy Island.
An amateur record of the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company Club’s social activities for 1963 and 1964, which include a car rally, ferry ride on the River Tyne, a trip to Alnmouth, the 4th annual flower show and barbecue, an angling competition at Hallington Reservoirs located near the small village of Colwell, Northumberland, a darts match and bonfire night.
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.
A travelogue produced by the Planning Department of Northumberland County Council that documents Northumberland’s rural landscape, history and culture.
Promotional film devised and produced by Walter Reeve showing the highlights of Jesmond Dene in Newcastle, including waterfall and banqueting hall. The film gives a history of the Dene and shows people enjoying the park such as the well-known local character, Mr Winter, who regularly feeds the birds. A record of an open-air barn dance on The Green on 12th July 1951 concludes the film.
An account of the life and work of the steel community at Consett Iron Company, County Durham. Filmmaker Tom Stobart presents this documentary on the history of the Consett area, the changes at Consett Iron Company since the Second World War, the importance of iron ore, the manufacture of steel and the working lives of the steelworkers. Footage includes steelworkers talking about their working and social lives in the Smelters Arms public house before starting the night shift.
This amateur home movie documents leisure time with the McQueen family and friends in their home town of Tynemouth, visits to the island of St. Mary’s, Rothbury, and locations in Norfolk, Cumbria, Windsor and London. Footage includes the visit of HRH Queen Mary to Blickling Hall, Norfolk, for a St. George’s Day pageant.
This amateur home movie compilation of McQueen family holidays in Jersey and Norway, day trips and leisure time at home in Tynemouth, spans the years 1937 through to 1948. Footage includes Digging for Victory vegetable growing in Tynemouth and portraits of Mac McQueen in uniform as a Home Guard officer and his son Neil in Air Training Corps cadet uniform at the start of the Second World War.
This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
Promotional film for The North East Industrial and Development Association that looks at North East England. Deals mainly with industry but also looks at the landscapes of rural areas and the coast..
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
A compilation of home movies, filmed principally around the village of Tideswell in Derbyshire, and made as an amateur newsreel service. The compilation includes footage of a 1937 family holiday to Northumberland, visiting Blyth, Bamburgh, and Seaton Sluice, a wedding during the Second World War, and footage of a swimming gala at Tynemouth Outdoor Pool in 1939.
This amateur film by Frank Wilson is a compilation of the Wallsend Co-Op Sports Club’s social events of 1955, including a dance at Wallsend's Carville Road Hall, coach trips to Bamburgh (featuring a cricket match) and Berwick for a picnic, and a men's bowling contest on Tyneside.
This amateur home movie filmed by G. R. Davison shows the Stoutt family and friends enjoying days out and visits around the North East. Footage includes a race meet at High Gosforth Park racecourse, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 11 April 1955 where Major Petch is a judge; a trip to Castle Howard stately home in North Yorkshire; a visit to Tynemouth with the Plaza hotel and outdoor pool featured; the beach at Crimdon Dene and finally a visit to the Lake District. The group enjoy picnics, crazy golf, jokey games of cricket with a tennis racket, and there's a glimpse of the Guiness Clock. Features some 50s fashionable frocks.
A home movie record of various family holidays around Northumberland, two annual Ashington Sports Days, and family celebrations. The film includes camping, visits to the seaside at Blyth, views of Tynemouth outdoor swimming pool, and picnicking in rural Northumberland.
A comprehensive amateur travelogue through the rural and urban landscape of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear filmed by Vic Cross.
This amateur home movie compilation includes family excursions in the Newcastle area and the wedding of the filmmaker's brother, Edgar Dean Wilson during wartime, probably in Derbyshire.
An amateur film that records the arrival of Billy Smart's Circus in South Shields and street carnivals taking place at Boldon. The circus parade shows a number of the acts which will perform during their visit as well as a menagerie of wild animals such as elephants, zebras, camels and caged African lions parading down terraced streets in South Shields. The Boldon carnival parade show various juvenile jazz bands from the North East marching through the town and the crowning of a Boldon Colliery King and Queen.
This home movie is a compilation of a number events in and around South Shields, a day out at the 'Hoppings' fair on Newcastle's Town Moor, the Blaydon Races Centenary celebration in 1962, including the parade, a trip to Whitby and a North Yorkshire fox hunt. The touring Bertram Mills Circus parades through South Shields and there's a large Sunday Schools' gathering in South Shields town centre. A cargo ship, the Adelfotis II, is shipwrecked on Herd Sands, South Shields in January 1963.
A compilation of three short films by Ken Christie begins with a church garden party taking place in Benwell, Newcastle showing table top games organised by the 41st Newcastle Scout Troop and the Mothers Union. The second film is an intriguing look at the Newcastle Hoppings with an emphasis on the Hoppings at night showing hair raising rides, games stalls and side shows all lit in bright colours. The final film shows motor racing from the Aintree motor circuit near Liverpool.
This amateur travelogue records the landscape, architecture, interesting monuments and occasional character from the River Tyne to Northumberland, touring the North East coast from Tynemouth to Berwick on the Borders, and locations along the Tyne, Tweed and Coquet rivers. The film opens in Newcastle upon Tyne with a focus on the Geordie anthem "The Blaydon Races", and the coal and ship building industries, but then sets out to prove to Southerners and the BBC that the North is not all about heavy industries. Includes footage of Lord Armstrong's Cragside house near Rothbury, and George Snaith, a shepherd, farmer and founder member and president of the Border Stick Dressers’ Association. This film is a George Cummin and Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
An amateur film produced by George Cummin in which his character 'SAM' (based on the acronym for St. Andrews Motors) looks back at various motorcycle and car rallies that took place around the region in 1955: a veteran and vintage car rally from Whitley Bay to Newcastle upon Tyne, Weardale’s Arthur Emerson Memorial Trial motorbike scramble event, the first ever Catterick Garrison Hill Climb, North Yorkshire, featuring racer Angela Brown in an Aston Martin and the Belmont Senior Grand National Scramble at Belmont Park, Durham.